by Grand Forks Herald
May 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm in Grand Forks Herald
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke to more than 8,400 graduates and guests at North Dakota State University’s commencement activities Saturday. Continue Reading
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“U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke to more than 8,400 graduates and guests at North Dakota State Universityâ€™s commencement activities Saturday.”
Must be some kind of Guiness record! Over 2/3rds of NDSU’s students graduate! That should be the real story here!!!
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I was there and I’ll say Defense Secretary Gates is a true American patriot. I wish he were the President.
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I am going to make an assumption from your comment that this is an indirect hit on Pres. Obama and may I add one that Gates, himself, does not share. On 60 minutes he said the killing of bin Laden was the bravest acts he has ever witnessed a president performing and he has worked in countless administrations. In a previous interview on NBC he stated that this is the correct way to go after terrorists–not with armies which does not work. You take a guess on which president he thinks has been the most effective on the war on terrorism and here’s a hint–it’s not the one who landed on board an aircraft carrier with a stuffed flight suit on to declare Mission Accomplished. ( Of course this was not seen as spiking the ball by Fox bews)
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Do people ever get tired of that one? The “Mission Accomplished” banner was put up by the brave men and women of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. They had done their tour in southwest Asia and they had accomplished the mission they set out to do. They were proud of what they accomplished and had the right to declare so. I have to realize that liberals will never give credit to president Bush but he put in place the procedures that have thwarted any major terrorist attacks since 9/ll. It’s true we were surprised by the attack on 9/ll but that would have been true if Bill Clinton had still been president as well. There were some pretty major attacks during Clinton’s watch including the African embassy bombings and the attack on the USS Cole. Despite his campaign rhetoric president Obama has carried on much of the war on terror in much the same way as president Bush including backpedaling on his promise to shut down Gitmo within a year of taking office. The realities of the war on terror have set in for Obama and it wasn’t quite as he imagined while still a freshman senator.
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Dan Bartlett, then senior advisor to Pres. Bush, admitted on the CBS Early Show (1/12/09) that he was the one who actually signed off on posting the banner. To add to that Republican strategist, Ed Rollins noted that the banner wasn’t the only regrettable image–Pres. Bush flew in on a jet, he had a pilot’s outfit on and the speech itself was way too overconfident exclaiming mission accomplished. Not only that I think the real mystery here is who put the sock in his pants???
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I notice the only part you refuted about my comment was whether or not Bush had anything to do with the Mission Accomplished banner. That and the ridiculous and unwarranted comment about a “sock in his pants”. Harrycallahan is right about the Navy Seals being the brave ones risking their lives. Obama and his staff were watching live from the safety of the White House.
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The brave ones were the Navy Seals. They were the ones who’s lives were on the line. Secretary Gates said it is “one of the most courageous acts” meaning there have been others by other presidents. Obama made the right call. Was I surprised, yes. He has made many poor calls in his tenure. He won’t be judged on this single success alone. The Obama economy is a shambles and that is what people are going to make note of come election time.
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Dear Ms. Calamity,
What else did you want refuted–your opinion that 9-11 would have surprised us if Clinton had been president–you do know that is your opinion unless you have fact to back up your claim. No one can refute an opinion. Obama’s war on terror has shifted focus to special forces and police actions which were actually the recommendations of the 9-11 commission–you know the commission that Lieberman and McCain introduced a bill to start on 12/21/01 and Bush resisted the formation of and then couldn’t testify by himself or under oath–had to have Cheney with him. Here are some more facts for you: Pres. Bush given PDB on 8/6/01 headlined “Bin Laden determined to strike in US”–ignored, said “bin Laden dead or alive”….yeah right! On Clinton’s watch bombing of world trade center–blind sheik caught and tried, on Bush’s watch 9-11, Delta Force had bin Laden trapped at Tora Bora and couldn’t get approval from Bush admin to go get him so he escaped into Pakistan, deteor to Iraq to seach for WMD–none of those, tried to give our port security to a company in Dubai–stopped by public outcry. Obama administration bin Laden shot and killed.
I know Republicans who said they had screw up fatigue during the Bush years but apparently your blind devotion knows no facts or fatigue.
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Just more schilling by Gates for the “military industrial complex” and American imperialism.
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You obviously didn’t hear his speech, which was about public service.
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Public service defined as working for the CIA & NSA. Like I said schilling for the MICC, aka American imperialism.
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Did you move here from North Korea?
N. Korea is half the size of Mn. geographically with 25 million people. We created it because the American, Henry Cabott Lodge, decided that the border dividing Korea would be where it is. We then proceeded to bomb every building in N.K. to dust during the Korean War, aka American imperialism.
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So what town in North Korea did you come from?
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Heard it was a very great speach. I meant no disrespect for our Secretary of Defense. Still smiling about the 8,400 hundred graduates!
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It was a great speech. I didn’t see anything derogatory about your comment.
it says 8.400 graduates AND guests – not 8,400 graduates.
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Guess the Jokes on me! Life will go on…
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Gates is a good man. He’s fought the military industrial complex to try to save the federal government money. It’s been a hard slug because wasteful military spending is deeply ingrained in Washington. He’s also made it a priority to make sure that our troops get the equipment they need to save lives. There was resistence to even that. He fought to get the response time for the field wounded to less than 1 hour when the established military said 2 hours was fine. It’s now 40 minuites. I have a deep respect for Gates and wish he could serve longer but I think he’s been there a long time and the job is eating him up. He deserves a rest. Job well done Gates!
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